Voyage to Australia..
21 August 2014
We have just had confirmation of a booking on an amazing cruise on board the elegant small cruise ship Astor for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, with whom we work regularly. SOUTH-BOUND VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA (cruise code A501) departs London Tilbury on 5th November and arrives in Freemantle, Australia, 38 nights later on 13th December. Stops on the way will include Le Havre in France, Lisbon, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Porto Grande in the Cape Verde Islands, Georgetown on Ascension, Jamestown on St Helena, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Durban in South Africa, Pointe de Galets on the island of Reunion and Port Louis on Mauritius. Go to my CRUISE BOOKINGS page for more on this cruise, and a link to the CMV website for bookings (and currently some very tempting special offers).
Strome House sale..
04 July 2014
After 23 wonderful years in Strome House on the shores of Loch Carron, we have moved to a new, purpose-built, energy-efficient home on adjacent land (called "Cana", from one of the Gaelic names for porpoises) and we are selling Strome House. We very much hope that someone will buy it who loves the amazing house and its superb location as much as we did - especially as they will end up as our neighbours! We have posted more information on the house, and a link for further details from the selling solicitors is on our webpage here.
Round Britain in May 2014..
16 April 2014
In May 2014, I had the pleasure of accepting a late booking for a really unusual cruise on board Saga Sapphire, called "Coastal Voyager". In 5 days (6 nights), we sailed (almost) non-stop journey around the island of Britain from Dover to Dover anti-clockwise, a total of some 1,622 nautical miles, which was a very special experience. It was slightly more eventful than planned, when a fire in the switch room required the ship to anchor off Tobermory for several hours while the fire was brought under control and the generators were tested out then safely brought back online. This was handled with supreme professionalism by the Captain and all of the crew, although it did necessitate some subsequent changes of plan as we were brought back onto schedule. Some nice sightings of dolphins and even a close sailby by a basking shark were amongst the highlights of the trip.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises..
21 February 2014
We are excited to have been appointed as speakers on four amazing trips by the American company Regent Seven Seas Cruises in the second half of 2015. Michael will lead as 'Enhancement Speaker', with Sue offering additional talks on marine life. One trip is up to the Arctic, including a first visited to Arctic Russia for us, and the other three are down and round the coast of Africa then across to Rio via St Helena (full details are on the Cruise Bookings page).
The cruise ships involved are stunningly appointed and the package the company offers is excellent (complete with a superb range of shore excursions, most of which are included within the cruise fare). We look forward to making many new friends on these trips - and hope we might catch up with some old friends too!
Another 2015 cruise confirmed..
06 February 2014
It is always nice to cruise around the Norwegian fjords, and we always enjoy working for Voyages of Discovery on board "Voyager", one of our favourite ships, so it is nice to bring the two together for a cruise to the Southern Fjords, sailing from the 15th - 25th May 2015, starting and ending in Harwick. The ports of call are Bergen, Olden, Ålesund, Flåm, Oslo, and Kristiansand. It should be a lovely time of year in the fjords. That will be our second cruise of the year on "Voyager", after the sell-out Cape to Canaries cruise from 30th January to 20th February.
Michael's new book commission..
06 January 2014
Michael is delighted to have signed a contract to write the book he has long wanted to write on (British) Mountain Flowers for the exciting and dynamic new British Wildlife Collection. The writing is now well underway for a publication date around spring 2015.
An inaugural voyage in 2015..
06 January 2014
We are delighted to have been booked to work on the inaugural voyage of a brand new ship, Viking Star, for Viking Cruises in April 2015. "Empires of the Mediterranean" will take us from Istanbul to Venice in 10 days, via Kusadi (Ephesus), Piraeus (Athens), Thira (Santorini), Kotor (Montenegro) and Dubrovnik and Pula (Croatia). As usual, full details are on our cruise bookings page here.
Summer 2014 cruises..
17 October 2013
We have just accepted bookings for three very nice short cruises from Scotland, on board our old friend Discovery, but under the new management of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, with whom we have very much enjoyed working in the past. The first is ICELAND AND THE NORTHERN ISLES (D411; 11th-21st July), sailing from Greenock, with stops in the Faroe Isles, Eskifjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjavik in Iceland, Heimaey on the Westmann Islands and Kirkwall in Orkney before returning to Leith. Then there's NORTH CAPE & LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN (D413; 2nd-12th August), sailing from Leith, with stops at Hellesylt, Gravdal on the Lofoten Islands, Hammerfest, Honningsvag, Tromso and Alesund in Norway – a cruise we always enjoy. Finally there's a short trip to MAJESTIC FJORDLAND (D414; 12th-19th August), also from Leith, with visits to Andalsnes, Olden, Flam and Eidfjord in Norway to see the very best of the fjords. There's more information on my Cruise Bookings page here.